Tuesday, November 06, 2007


I love going to the dentist!
Always a fun experience. Always.
Last night I had an appointment. Lucky for me it was just a cleaning. When I called to confirm I was told I could come earlier, so we decided to go right after work and then I decided that this would be a great opportunity for Matthew to come along and watch, since it was, afterall, just a cleaning.
I told him he could sit in the chair if he wanted, or just watch, or whatever.
I was surprised at how well he did.
They were really cool. They had a special chair for him to sit on, and they had some toys. The hygeniest who was doing my teeth is amazing. She's pretty much the only hygeniest who I feel comfortable with (as in, I'm pregnant and can't take Adovan, and I didn't panic at all during the appointment). And, she was amazing with Matt.
Of course, his technical nature meant he asked questions about EVERYTHING. He wanted to know the name of every single instrument. How I remained calm while she described what all the stuff did is a testament to my parenting skills and the fact that I don't want him to hate the dentist.
The funniest part of the evening was when he saw the machine that takes pictures. She told him it's a camera.
He said "Oh! I thought it was a saw"
And then he went on to explain the many uses for a saw in a dentist's office - from cutting out teeth to building more offices.
And then she started. I was still trying to be calm, not wince, and not get all nervous. I did pretty well till she hit my sore tooth and I said "ow".
Matthew then went on a tirade about "don't hurt my mommy." and "watch out for mommy's tongue."
I finally convinced him that I was fine.
At the end, he refused to sit in the chair. He did not want his teeth checked. He did agree to brush his teeth and let mommy and daddy help him.
All in all a good appointment. Neither of us ran out of there screaming. We had as much fun as you can possibly have at a tooth cleaning. And, though I don't think Matt wants to get his teeth cleaned anytime soon, at least he is terrified of the idea.
But, I have to admit, I kind of love this dentist's office. They are funny and nice, and they totally understand that going to the dentist is not the highlight of my life.

ps I totally shocked her by my new found impressive flossing technique! It's all thanks to flossing picks. They are amazing!


AndreAnna said...

I'm worried that my intense fear of the dentist will carry over into Charlotte...I haven't even gone in like 4 years. I know, I know.

LoriD said...

I love my dentist, but hate his hygeinist! I haven't had your tooth woes and I still get all panicky thinking about going. The kids don't mind, though... I think it's the toothbrush at the end that they like.

petite gourmand said...

i love going the dentist (and the floss picks)
which reminds me.....

Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Those floss picks are how I floss the bunny's teeth (they even have colourful Crayola ones)!

We just went to the dentist too--I should write about our experience! It was a bit humourous! Good for Matthew for making it as far as he did. The bunny lasted about 1 minute and then freaked out.

Karen MEG said...

Oh you're good. It's super important for pregnant women to get in there too, good for you.
I've been bringing my kids to the dentist with me since they were babies; they love going there as the people in the office are so nice. Both kids were given "rides" on those chairs, so they've likened it to going to Wonderland from a very young age!

infectiouslaughter said...

Hate the dentist!!!

Good job so for on NaBloPoMo!